Album – Shabby Chic

Album – Shabby Chic

This chipboard album takes scrapbooking beyond the page and into home decor and it uses a few fun techniques including aging the design with a crackle pain medium which can be bought at good art and craft supply stores.

What you need

Chipboard Album (Found at Scrapbooking supply stores)

Pink pastel paint
Sponge brush
Crackle paint
Various Ribbons
Wire Rings or Curtain Rings for binding the album
Scrapbooking papers


This album is from Kaiser Craft (product sb146) but you can use the same techniques on any album or even create your own using heavy card stock.

The skill in these albums is co-ordination, making sure the album blends together in theme and colors. This is easy to do by matching shades of colors together and sticking to a strict theme. Alternatively you can pick up a Scrapbook themed kit from your supply store and use the ready selected designs, stickers and embellishments making co-ordination very easy.

To start with you need to paint your album. If you are adding background paper you only need to paint the edges, if you are leaving it wood style you can try different techniques such as crackling.

Crackle: To crackle a section of your album you will need to apply a thick coat of crackle medium to the plain wood and allow it to set as per the instructions on the Crackle medium bottle. Then go over the crackle with your pink paint. Work quickly and try not to overlap your brush strokes as this covers the crackle design. You will see it begin to crackle straight away.

Shabby Chic Album Step 1

Shabby Chic Album Step 2

Shabby Chic Album Step 4

Once it has dried your ready to continue with your album. Place your background paper onto the other board pieces mixing and matching your papers and layout designs.

Shabby Chic Album Step 3


Then using the supplies you have decorate your album. Usually “less is more” is a crafters motto, but with this album it’s almost “The more the merrier” when it comes to embellishing.

Shabby Chic Album Finished

Shabby Chic Album Finished

Once you are happy with your layouts bind your album together using wire rings or large curtain rings. Just thread them through the pre-drilled album holes.

Decorate the rings with knotted ribbons, cord and lace for a truly shabby rustic look.


  1. I really like this album. I must make it.

  2. i like this

  3. cool

  4. Nice <^.^>

  5. nice πŸ™‚ )

  6. ive been looking for a site like this for almost 9 years… i will never regret checking this out!

  7. COOL

  8. I love your good taste and wonderful ideas!!!!

  9. Way over done

  10. for the one living on a dirt road? if that’s the case how to you keep anything clean? These are meant to enjoy and not worry about dust πŸ™‚ I live where there is dust, and scrapbook all the time

  11. i think this is beautiful

  12. I love this!!

  13. i like this! so pretty

  14. Hmm! It would be hard to keep clean though – IF – you lived on a dirt road like I do.

  15. to busy , for the photos

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